Please join us on a series of walking tours around Glebe and Forest Lodge

Glebe is a great place to walk, with heritage streetscapes, significant historical buildings, the foreshore walk, parklands and a rich social and industrial history. Its proximity to Chippendale, Pyrmont, Annandale, Camperdown, and several university campuses provide ample scope for discovery.

Toxteth House 1970s (Photo: Bernard Smith Collection, City of Sydney)

The Glebe Society is planning a new series of walks for members and friends in the second half of 2021. Our events program has been limited over the past year because of COVID and social distancing. It is time to resume activities which can be largely outdoors and which provide opportunities to explore our neighbourhood and enjoy the company of others.  A registration fee of $20-$25 per person will contribute to the cost of background preparation and any handouts.

Choose the theme and time which suits you. Walks will be offered on weekends and weekdays and will include familiar places and hidden gems, new architecture and heritage streetscapes, art and story-telling and a focus on our environment.  We welcome ideas for other walks in Glebe and our area.

Our first walk – see below – through the Toxteth Estate, will be led by Max Solling, well-known local historian, with a reputation for revealing little known stories of our neighbourhood.

Other walks in the planning stage include:

  • A wander around Rozelle Bay and Johnson’s Creek – how a swamp went through many stages, becoming the landscape and urban facilities around Harold Park that we know today, starting at the Tramsheds and finishing at Toxteth Park, with Jan Macindoe, Thursday 12 August 2.30 pm (booking details in the July Bulletin)
  • The Blackwattle Foreshore: history, marine life and impact of development including the new Sydney Fishmarket, with Asa Wahlquist
  • Forest Lodge, with Max Solling. Like all places over time, Forest Lodge is multi-layered and complex, with its character constantly shifting and being remade. The walk follows Lodge St and its lane, down Arundel St, Short St, Junction St, across Bridge Rd and along the walkway through Orphan School Creek Gully, finishing at the Tramsheds.
  • ‘Sensitive Infill’: how to add diversity to an historic suburb, with Ian Stephenson.
  • Guided tours of the Chau Chak Wing Museum and other new architecture at the University of Sydney

The Toxteth Estate Walk 

RESCHEDULED for Sunday 12 September, 2021, 10.30 am-12.30 pm

The Toxteth Estate, Jubilee Park and Orphan School Creek

With Max Solling

Including a special viewing of the interior of Toxteth Park House and archival exhibition, courtesy of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Register through Eventbrite

Members: $20    Non-members: $25

Numbers are limited, so book now